Highlights of contemporary music in the City of Angels from the New Music Society of 1925 to New Music America, 1985 a 60 year heritage of profound significance! Henry Cowell, born in Northern California, was the catalyst for all that was new and outrageous in new music in Los Angeles in the 1920s. His October 22, 1925 concert at the Biltmore Hotel there, underwritten by Aileen Barnsdall, is considered the birth of new music in southern California. Music premiered there was critically acclaimed... Topics: New Music, Documentary, Motion Picture Music Source: Other Minds
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Viennese composer and conductor Ernest Gold. Gold now lives in Los Angeles where he makes his living largely by composing for the stage and the screen. He describes the process by which one synchronizes the music to film, and bemoans the fact that when composing for TV one is usually given just a couple of weeks to come up with 90 minutes of material. Also discussed is Gold’s interest in conducting, playing tennis, and horseback riding. Topics: Interview, 20th Century Classical, Motion Picture Music, Ernest Gold
Recorded at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco on August 31, 1968, this program features two works by Robert Moran and Morton Feldman. The first piece heard is the world premiere of "Scream Kiss No. 1," a theatrical work for harpsichord and pre-recorded tape by Robert Moran, and performed here by Margaret Fabrizio on the harpsichord. This work was used in a film realization by Paul Crowley, which also featured Ms. Fabrizio on screen, however it is uncertain as to whether the film was... Topics: New music, Music, Motion picture music, KPFA-FM
In celebration of the 100th birthday of song writer Irving Berlin, a survey of songs by the author of such well known standards as “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”, “Easter Parade”, “God Bless America”, and countless others. Born in Tyumen, Russia, on May 2, 1988, Berlin’s father was a Jewish cantor who brought the family to the U. S. in 1893. A printer’s error on his first published song resulted in a change of the family name from Baline to Berlin, and young Irving’s career was... Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Popular Music, Motion Picture Music, Irving Berlin
Recorded in New York City on June 19, 1979, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Jerome Moross about his life-long friendship with George Antheil. Moross, a composer and conductor himself, met Antheil when he was living in New York in the early 1930s, and was impressed by his sophistication and international reputation as an avant-garde pianist and composer. Moross talks about Antheil’s difficulties in getting his modernist compositions performed in the U. S. and his gradual shift towards composing... Topics: Documentary, George Antheil, 20th Century Classical, New Music, Motion picture music
Charles Amirkhanian talks with David Raksin about his career as a composer for Hollywood films. Raksin describes his intentions while presenting selections from some of his best known film scores. Also discussed is the lost art of melody among modern composers. Born in 1912, Raskin was known as the grandfather of film music, having composed hundreds of scores for film and television, starting with Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” and including such films as “The Bad and the... Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, David Raksin, Interview, Music, 20th Century Classical, Motion...